Volume 6, Issue 4
IN THE ZONE is a service from the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources' Chesapeake
& Coastal Service (CCS) that delivers
timely information, tools, and resources to those who live, work,
and play in Maryland's coastal zone.
CCS SPOTLIGHT: TRUST FUND AWARDS $64 MILLION FOR
PROJECTS IN FY '15
Innovative financing program celebrates 8 years of
local water quality improvements
provided by Parks and People Foundation.
boost for Chesapeake Bay water quality, Governor Martin O'Malley
has allocated $64.44 million to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal
Bays Trust Fund in the State's Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Created by
the Maryland General Assembly in 2007, this unique financing
program has directed a total of $256 million to local governments
and organizations for 1,000 nonpoint source pollution projects that
reduce harmful nutrient and sediment runoff into the Bay.
runoff remains one of the single greatest challenges in our fight
to restore the health of Maryland's waterways," said Governor
O'Malley. "The Trust Fund provides a means for State and local
partners to identify innovative, cost-effective approaches to meet
our Bay restoration goals, and provides the financial and technical
resources to get them up and running." Click here to view the full press
information regarding the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays
Trust Fund, please contact Gabe
Cohee with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at
O'MALLEY SIGNS BILLS TO PREPARE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
The Bay Acidification Bill & the CoastSmart Bill
ensure safe investments in the future
Martin O'Malley recently signed into law two pieces of
legislation that will help the State prepare for the impacts of
climate change and extreme weather in Maryland. The first, the Bay
Acidification Bill, will create a Task Force to evaluate and address
the effects of changing chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay and other
Maryland waterways. The second, the CoastSmart Bill, will ensure
the State follows standards to make safe and fiscally-wise
investments when building or updating State agency structures
located in vulnerable coastal areas.
severe weather events grow in size and impact, and our Bay's
resources become threatened, the costs of inaction to our economy,
society and environment will only grow exponentially," said
Governor O'Malley. "This legislation helps us to get out in
front of these very real, very important climate issues, and to
secure the health, safety and future of our State and its citizens.
Click here to view the full press
information regarding Climate Change Resiliency in Maryland, please
contact Zoe Johnson
with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8741.
CHANGE & RISING TIDES EXPOSE FORMER SEAFOOD CAPITAL
Greg Kahn traveled the Eastern Shore to capture
damage from a changing climate
Image to view full photo stream. Photo by Greg Kahn.
change is real, and most Americans believe it to be real. But even
most of those who acknowledge the reality of man-made climate
change see it as, at worst, an abstract and distant threat. Only
54% of Americans believe that climate change has already begun, and
36% see it as a serious threat to their own way of life, according
to a recent Gallup poll. That leaves 64% of the country relatively
undisturbed by the possibility for catastrophic environmental
change in their lifetime.
Maryland's Eastern Shore, the tide is now rising at a speed of
about three millimeters per year. While that might not sound like
much, it's enough to completely submerge the region within the next
half-century. In the meantime, residents have had to learn to cope
with other consequences, like eroding real estate values and salt
water that leeches the vitality out of their farm soil. Click here to view full article by
Elissa Curtis and Ned Resnikoff of MSNBC.
information regarding Maryland's involvement in climate
change resiliency, please contact Zoe Johnson with
the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8741.
PROJECT WINS BEST URBAN BMP
IN THE BAY AWARD
Cabin Branch Stream Restoration showcases
innovative regenerative stream
Image to learn more about the Cabin Branch restoration project.
Branch Stream Restoration showcases innovative Regenerative Stream
Channel (RSC) restoration technology, highlighting within one
project three prototype RSC applications for water quality
improvement in streams degraded by stormwater runoff: 1) an End of
Pipe Retrofit utilizing removal of legacy sediments; 2) a retrofit
of an out-dated stormwater dry-pond, capturing water at parking lot
level and releasing it through a RSC system to receiving downstream
waters, and 3) a sand seepage wetland which demonstrates the
classic approach to RSC, using the standard construction sequence
and raising the incised stream channel. By installing a system of
cobble riffles, berms, seepage wetlands, shallow pools, and native
plants, we are integrating ecosystem restoration with stormwater
runoff management and restoring stream and wetland function,
reconnecting the stream to the floodplain, re-establishing historic
plant communities, and restoring and rehydrating the remaining
headwaters, adjacent floodplain and riparian areas of Cabin Branch.
Click here for more information
regarding the Cabin Branch Stream Restoration, or contact Laura Connelly
with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8825.
PARTNERS WITH CBF AT FERRY POINT LIVING SHORELINE PLANTING
Volunteers planted spartina patens and spartina
alternaflora at CCS restoration project
Image to view full photo stream. Photo by Coreen Weilminster.
CCS and the
Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently invited volunteers to help plant
grasses at Ferry Point Park as part of the final stages of a
shoreline restoration project. CCS has spent more than five years
planning for the project, six months rebuilding the deteriorating
coast, and is now working to create a robust living
shoreline. Made possible through a partnership between the
State and Queen Anne's County, the project aims to restore the loss
of wetland in Kent Island, safeguard land and sea life habitat,
protect Kent Narrows from extreme weather, and improve recreation.
The park is set to reopen to the public in mid-summer of this year.
Click here to view the full press
information regarding Ferry Point Shoreline Enhancement Project,
please contact Bhaskar
Subramanian with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at
TRUST FUND PILOTS TWO
NEW AGRICULTURAL DENITRIFICATION BMPs
Midshore Riverkeeper installs Woodchip
Bioreactors & Denitrification Walls
Image for full photo stream. Photo by Sarah Hilerbrand.
Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) are being piloted for
denitrification on Maryland's Eastern Shore. With funding from the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust
Fund, the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy
is partnering with state, federal, and local partners on the
installation and monitoring of two Woodchip Bioreactors and Denitrification
Walls. The four projects were installed during the fall
of 2013 and are now being used as demonstration projects. The
practices are being studied for effectiveness of nitrogen removal
and are being considered by the MD Deptartment of Agriculture and
Soil Conservation Districts to determine if these practices can be
approved for use in the Chesapeake Bay Model and MD Cost Share
Program. If approved, farmers and counties will be able to install
the practices in return for credits toward Bay restoration goals.
practices have great potential to filter waters coming from
agricultural fields since they limit or eliminate the amount of
valuable crop land needed to treat stormwater. The Woodchip
Bioreactor mimics the saturated decomposition process of natural
wetlands. In this method, an underground trench filled with
woodchips interrupts flow from belowground drain lines, known as
drain tiles, designed to move water off of low lying farm fields.
When the water is filtered through the saturated woodchips the
carbon and bacteria present in the system convert nitrate in the
water to nitrogen gas. This reduces the nitrate leaving the farm
fields that contribute to the water quality problems of the Bay.
The Denitrification Walls work in a very similar way, but instead
of working with drain tiles, they are built along the edge of a
farm field to intercept near-surface groundwater. These narrow
trenches are filled with a 50/50 soil to sawdust mixture that
reduces nitrogen in the water before it flows to the tributaries of
the Bay. Both practices can treat large areas of drainage without
reducing the overall farmable land on the surface.
states, these practices have been shown to reduce up to 90% of
nitrates in stormwater when properly used. Both practices are being
tested for the first time in Maryland through this partnership at
farms in the town of Ridgely in Caroline County, and in the town of
Queen Anne on the border of Talbot and Queen Anne's County. These
projects are currently treating waters flowing into the Choptank
River and have great potential for future widespread use to reduce
nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay.
Click here for more information
regarding these two agricultural denitrification BMPs, or please
Hilderbrand with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at
OCEAN PLANNING ACTIVITIES IN THE MID-ATLANTIC
Regional Planning Body In-person Meeting in Baltimore
on May 20 and 21
Coastal Program wishes to highlight an upcoming opportunity for you
to engage in ocean planning activities in the
Mid-Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA
RPB) is hosting its next in-person meeting in Baltimore on May 20
and 21. Topics to be discussed by the MidA RPB during the meeting
include: MidA RPB member activities underway that are relevant for
regional ocean planning; next steps and a timeline for products and
processes; strategy to further engage stakeholders; and revisions
to the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning
your calendars, and click here to RSVP; registration
is not required to attend, but encouraged to assist in planning for
the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and includes a
number of opportunities for input. Details about the meeting
(agenda, materials, and logistical details) will be posted on the MidA RPB website. For more
information regarding MARCO meetings, please contact Michelle Lennox at
PREPARES FOR DATA IN THE ESTUARY: CLIMATE EDITION
Sign up now for the 5 day workshop in Lothian, Upper
Marlboro, and Annapolis
Image to view past workshops. Photo by Coreen Weilminster.
23-27th, CBNERR-MD is hosting Data in the Estuary: Climate Edition,
which is specialized for Maryland middle and high
school teachers. This 5 day workshop is held at the Maryland
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve sites in
Lothian, Upper Marlboro, and Annapolis. New this year is an
opportunity to pilot a new National Geographic curriculum using
FieldScope to understand Sea Level Rise in the Chesapeake Bay with
a $250 stipend upon completed classroom implementation. Click here to register for the
Click here to learn more about
Data in the Estuary: Climate Edition, or contact Trystan Sill with
the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8827.
COLLABORATIVE HELPS IN GREENING THE TOWN OF CHESTERTOWN
Volunteers plant stream-side buffer
at community park along the Chester River
Kees de Mooy.
is looking noticeable greener these days, thanks to the efforts of
dedicated volunteers who recently planted four acres of trees at Margo Bailey Community Park.
Funded through the Governor's Stream Restoration Challenge,
the 210 new trees which include species such as the American
Dogwood (Cornus florida), River Birch (Betula nigra), Swamp White
Oak (Quercus bicolor), Tulip Polar (Liriodendron tulipifera),
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), and Tupelo (Nyssa spp.), were
planted in close proximity to a tributary of the Chester River,
reestablishing a stream-side buffer that likely existed before the
area was developed.
vegetation in the riparian zone helps to slow stormwater runoff,
allowing water to soak into the soil and filtering out pollutants
before reaching local streams. Led by Kees De Mooy,
Administrator for the Town of Chestertown, volunteers braved
near-freezing temperatures to plant trees and place mulch. Click here to view the
full Headwaters story.
DRAIN STENCIL PROGRAM RELEASES MAPPLER MOBILE APP
CCS set to use new app in Chesapeake Bay watershed
Image to view Storm Drain Stenciling Map.
Storm Drain Stencil Program is now tech-savy with this year's
addition of a Mappler Mobile App, designed by Vertices specifically
for Maryland. The smart phone or tablet app allows storm
drain stencilers to upload their location; pictures; and other
information while in the field working on a project. The intention
for this map is to create a picture of stencil projects around the
state completed by students and other citizen groups. Adding to the
map creates a 'feel good' moment for students and helps them to see
that they are part of a team of citizens across the state working
toward a common goal.
Click here for instructions on how
to participate, or contact Stacy Epperson
with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8775.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management
Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Award No. NA13NOS4190136. This publication is funded (in part) by a
grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the
author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of